The Department of French and Italian

"Double, Triple Entrapment: The Harki Story"

Prof. Vincent Crapanzano, Anthropology and Comparative Literature, CUNY Graduate Center

Mon, February 13, 2012 | Student Activity Center 2.120

12:00 PM

Prof. Vincent Crapanzano's research is concerned with the role of
narrative and silence in the passage of a wound - a trauma - from
generation to generation. Specifically, he looks at the way parental - in
case in point, paternal - silence perpetuates the wound in children. Set
stories, which inevitably lack particularity, seem incapable of "filling"
that silence, fulfilling the children's quest to know. They subsume what
particulars are known in a generalized narrative that, repeated over and
over again, loses vitality. Frozen, it intensifies the wound.... Prof.
Crapanzano discusses this dynamic in terms of the Harkis - those
Algerians who fought alongside the French, as auxiliary troops, during
Algeria's War of Independence. Between seventy and one hundred fifty
thousand were slaughtered at the war's end by the Algerian population at
large. Those who managed to escape to France were incarcerated in camps
and forestry hamlets, some for over sixteen years.

Coordinated by the Center for European Studies as part of the EU Center
for Excellence Lecture Series in Anthropology. Co-sponsored by the Center
for Middle Eastern Studies and the Department of Anthropology. Additional
support provided by the Program in Comparative Literature and the
Department of French and Italian.

For more information: Dr. Sofian Merabet

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